'City Moon No. 3' by Larry Zingale, one of nearly 80 works by regional artists featured in Berkshire Museum's 'Art of the Hills: Narrative' exhibit, which will open online Saturday, June 6. Image courtesy Berkshire Museum

Bits & Bytes: ‘Art of the Hills’; virtual Family Fun Day; Theatre Book Club

Mass Audubon educators will go live at 10 a.m., welcoming participants to the event and leading a live animal presentation with native reptiles and amphibians.

Berkshire Museum to open ‘Art of the Hills’ exhibit

Pittsfield — Berkshire Museum’s featured summer exhibition, “Art of the Hills: Narrative,” will open Saturday, June 6, with each selected work displayed on the simulated walls of an immersive, high-resolution 3D rendering. The online exhibition will kick off at 5:30 p.m. on June 6 with a virtual tour of the show presented by jurors Amy Myers and Seung Lee and followed by a live question-and-answer session.

The virtual walls of Berkshire Museum’s ‘Art of the Hills: Narrative’ exhibit. Image courtesy Berkshire Museum

“Art of the Hills: Narrative” is the second installment of “Art of the Hills,” a juried exhibition that celebrates the region’s creative culture by highlighting the works of emerging and established artists who live or work within a 60-mile radius of Berkshire Museum. The exhibition features 78 works by 64 artists curated from a collection of more than 530 submitted works. Jurors Lee and Myers embraced the “narrative” theme in similar but unique ways: Lee sought pieces that “tell the viewer a story by using features such as character, scenes, time, technique and purpose” with an emphasis on skillful interpretation of a perceived concept; while Myers reviewed the works from the standpoint of time and wonder, selecting pieces that left her with “a question or curiosity” rather than a conclusion.

The virtual exhibition is free and open to the public. Registration is required for the opening tour. Available online through Friday, Oct. 9, the exhibition is expected to open in the museum’s physical galleries Saturday, Oct. 10, with a community celebration and opportunity to meet the artists. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Berkshire Museum at (413) 443-7171 or info@berkshiremuseum.org.


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Pleasant Valley’s annual Family Fun Day to go virtual

Participants enjoy a previous Family Fun Day at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox. this year’s event will take place exclusively online. Photo courtesy Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Lenox — Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary will host its annual Family Fun Day Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. To keep the community safe, the event will take place virtually on Pleasant Valley’s Family Fun Day Facebook event page. Family Fun Day will include a combination of live and pre-recorded videos with expert naturalists as well as hands-on nature activities that families can participate in together.

Mass Audubon educators will go live at 10 a.m., welcoming participants to the event and leading a live animal presentation with native reptiles and amphibians currently in Pleasant Valley’s care. The interactive presentation will allow viewers to ask questions about the animals they are seeing. The live portion of the event will be followed by a series of prerecorded videos exploring various habitats around Pleasant Valley, and a presentation with live birds of prey from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum.

Mary Kay Carson, author of “Wildlife Ranger Action Guide,” will lead participants through two hands-on nature projects. Families completing the projects can share them on the event page for an opportunity to win a copy of Carson’s book. In addition, Mass Audubon has created a new nature scavenger hunt for the event, and encourages families to get outside and explore nature together.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary at 413-637-0320 or berkshires@massaudubon.org.


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BTG’s Theatre Book Club to welcome Drew Carr

Drew Carr. Photo courtesy Berkshire Theatre Group

Pittsfield — Berkshire Theatre Group’s “Theatre Book Club with Katie Birenboim” will welcome actor, dancer and writer Drew Carr Monday, June 8, at 4 p.m. The episode will be streamed live on BTG’s Facebook page.

For her eighth episode, Birenboim will be chatting with Carr (who appeared with her in BTG’s “Fiorello!” in 2017) about Matthew Lopez’s two-part play “The Inheritance.” Based on “Howards End” by E.M. Forster, “The Inheritance” tracks the lives and losses of contemporary gay men living in New York City as they grapple with the aftermath of the AIDS epidemic. “The Inheritance” was a hit in London, garnering rave reviews, sold-out performances and an Olivier Award for including Best New Play. Birenboim will discuss the above and more with Carr, who she met during the New York run of BTG’s “Fiorello!” In addition to his career as an actor and dancer, Carr writes prolifically about his experiences as a gay man in contemporary New York City.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Berkshire Theatre Group at info@berkshiretheatregroup.org.